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Mussels with garlic white wine sauce | Hiran Peiris | Taupo

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  • 50g / 3 tbsp butter, unsalted
  • 1⁄2 onion, finely chopped (brown, yellow, white)
  • 3 garlic cloves , very finely chopped
  • 1 kg / 2 lbs mussels, bearded and scrubbed
  • 1 cup (250ml) dry white wine
  • 2 tomatoes, deseeded and diced



  • 1⁄4 cup flat leaf parsley, roughly chopped
  • Lemon wedges (essential!)
  • Crusty bread to serve



  • Heat oil in a large heavy pot over medium heat, melt butter.
  • Add the garlic and onion. Stirring occasionally until onion is soft and fragrant for about 3 minutes.
  • Turn heat up to high, add wine and bring to a boil. Simmer for 2 minutes until the harsh alcoholic smell is gone.
  • Stir in tomatoes, add mussels, stir to coat in sauce a bit.
  • Cover, lower heat to medium high and cook, then shake the pot once or twice.
  • The mussels are cooked when they are open and it takes 6 to 8 minutes.
  • Toss through parsley and season to taste with salt and pepper. Be careful with the salt as the mussels are already salty. So taste first.
  • Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and serve with lemon wedges on the side. So people can use as much as they wish.
  • Serve immediately with crusty bread to mop up the sauce!


Hiran Peiris
Local Diner
140 Napier Road
Taupo Town


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